AoB Plants
Oxford University Press
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Plant species richness and community assembly along gradients of elevation and soil nitrogen availability
Volume: 12, Issue: 3
DOI 10.1093/aobpla/plaa014
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Abstract

This study examined the community assembly process of vascular plants along gradients of elevation (45‒2500 m) and soil nitrogen availability by using trait distribution patterns of four functional traits. This study suggests that severe climatic conditions reduce the number of tree species and the canopy height at high elevations, leading to increases in the number of herb and fern species due to increased light intensity at the forest floor. It further suggests that lower nitrogen availability decreases the number of tree, herb, and fern species by excluding those species with leaf traits unsuited to lower nitrogen availability.

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https://www.researchpad.co/tools/openurl?pubtype=article&doi=10.1093/aobpla/plaa014&title=Plant species richness and community assembly along gradients of elevation and soil nitrogen availability&author=Taro Ohdo,Koichi Takahashi,Xiangcheng Mi,&keyword=Community assembly,community structure,functional traits,leaf traits,niche differentiation,plant height,trait distribution,&subject=Studies,AcademicSubjects/SCI01210,